Playoffs on the horizon as Sailors basketball team looks to finish strong |

Playoffs on the horizon as Sailors basketball team looks to finish strong

Dawson Lindquist puts up 2 points in the Sailors win over Palisade.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With just two regular games remaining on this year's schedule, members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team are hoping to shift gears this week and enter the playoffs on a winning note.

"Rifle and Summit are in the bottom on the league, but we can't focus on that,” Sailors coach Michael Vandahl said. “The playoffs are right around the corner, and we are in a pretty good spot to get a home game.

“We are not concerned  about who we are playing,” Vandahl continued. “We are basically trying to get into playoff mode, and we want to be playing our best basketball at this time of the year.  We can't afford to have any bad games or slip-ups at this point."

Steamboat, 7-3 in league play, will travel to Rifle on Tuesday night to take on the Bears, who are 1-9 and have lost the last seven games. The Sailors will wrap up the regular season on Thursday at home against Summit, who is 3-8 and in second-to-last place in the Western Slope standings.

Steamboat enters the game with a 7-3 record in the Western Slope League after picking up an important 57-37 victory on Saturday in Palisade.

Sophomores Dawson Lindquist and Ethan Pyles led the team with 14 points each. Junior Aden Knaus added 11 points and sophomores Connor Hansen, Trace Walker and freshman Jake Kreissig played key roles in the win.

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"It was a solid team win," Vandahl said.

The victory, combined with a Battle Mountain (6-4) loss, put Steamboat (7-3) a full game in front of Battle Mountain in the race for second place in the Western Slope standings. Glenwood Springs, 11-0 in league play, holds a four-game advantage with one game to play.

But the Steamboat coach is optimistic about his team's chances as the Sailors make their way through the final couple of games. Steamboat is currently ranked 20th in the RPI standings, which are used to seed teams in the playoffs.

"We are right where we want to be," Vandahl said. "Our conference schedule was pretty stacked. If we win, we should be OK, and I'm pretty confident that we can get a home playoff game."

Sailors girls hope to wrap up 2017-18 campaign with a win

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team's season will come to an end with games in Rifle Tuesday night and one at home against Summit County on Thursday in what will be the final game of the season for the Sailors girls team.

The girls, 0-9 in league play and 0-21 overall this season, lost 52-23 to Palisade on the road Saturday afternoon. The Sailors will be the underdog Tuesday when they faces league-leading Rifle, 10-0,  on the Bears home court.

On Thursday, the girls will face Summit, 2-8 in the league this season.

Sailors hockey team looks to rebound

After losing to Standley Lake and Fort Collins during a weekend road trip. the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team will be looking to regain its edge Tuesday when it plays Summit at 6 p.m. in Frisco.

On Friday night. the Sailors, 11-3-1 in league play and 12-5-1 overall, fell to Standley Lake 4-1 in Westminster. The Sailors returned to the ice Saturday and were beaten 3-1 by Fort Collins.

The Lambkins scored two first period goals to take the early lead. The Sailor made things close with a second period goal, but Fort Collins added a third period goal to earn the 3-1 victory.

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